After missing out on Jorginho to Chelsea, it had looked like Manchester City would hold off from signing a midfielder this summer.
And with transfer deadline day fast approaching that could still be the case.
However, manager Pep Guardiola has once again reiterated his desire to see a player who can provide competition for Fernandinho in defensive midfield be brought in ahead of the new Premier League season.
Speaking after Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield, Guardiola told Goal: “We would like to find maybe one more [signing] because we don’t have two specific players to substitute Fernandinho.”
And in an ideal world, acquiring either one of Miralem Pjanic, Mateo Kovacic or Thiago, individuals who have all been linked with a move to the Etihad since the Premier League champions lost out on Jorginho (via Goal), would be perfect.
But given the reluctance of the Manchester City higher-ups to pay over the odds for a player during this transfer market, a move for one of the above names seems unlikely, which will come as a disappointment to Guardiola.
The Spaniard, though, should not be too concerned if the transfer window closes without the Citizens having been able to sign a new defensive midfielder.
Guardiola can take much confidence from his team’s performance against Chelsea yesterday in which £13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Fernandinho and co, managed to limit Maurizio Sarri’s men to just two shots on target.
Fernandinho put in another authoritative performance in the middle of the park as Manchester City completely bossed the midfield in the second half while suffocating Jorginho and forcing the Brazilian-born Italy international into mistakes.
At 33, Fernandinho may not be able to play week in, week out at the exceptionally high level Manchester City fans have become used to.
But Fernandinho is still capable of carrying out the defensive midfield role in Manchester City’s team very effectively, while Guardiola still has the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Fabian Delph to call upon should the Brazil international not be available for whatever reason.
Signing a new midfielder before the transfer window closes on Thursday would be great, but failing to do so would hardly plunge Manchester City into crisis.
The Citizens, by far, have the best squad in the division and more than enough in their arsenal to defend their Premier League crown.